Holiday cards weren't always plastered with the toothy grins of your second cousin's three festively dressed children. Go back a century or two, and you'll find people had a more bizarre, sometimes inappropriate, sense of the yuletide spirit.

Circa 1890. | (Historia/REX/Shutterstock)

If you're looking for some out-of-the-box ideas for your annual warm wishes this year, enjoy these outlandish holiday cards from the last two centuries.

1906 | (Science History Images / Alamy Stock Photo)

Circa 1885 | (Historia/REX/Shutterstock)

1863 | (Historia/REX/Shutterstock)

1913 | (Historia/REX/Shutterstock)

1909 | (Historia/REX/Shutterstock)

1919 | (FL Historical 1B / Alamy Stock Photo)

Circa 1880 | (Historia/REX/Shutterstock)

Circa 1880 | (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1880 | (Amoret Tanner / Alamy Stock Photo)

Circa 1890 | (Amoret Tanner / Alamy Stock Photo)

Circa 1890 | (Amoret Tanner / Alamy Stock Photo)

Circa 1880 | (Historia/REX/Shutterstock)